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Nokia appoints Philippe Piron as President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks

Press release

  • Piron to apply extensive management experience to grow submarine business and further expand market position.

April 11, 2016

Espoo, Finland - Nokia has appointed Philippe Piron to lead its Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) business, a global leader in designing and building optical communications across the world's oceans.

Piron will report directly to Marc Rouanne, chief innovation and operating officer, and replaces Philippe Dumont, who has decided to pursue endeavors outside of the company. 

ASN, now part of Nokia and a provider of turnkey submarine network solutions, has the largest installed base of undersea cable systems in the industry. Oceans cover more than 70% of the earth's surface, and there is growing demand for telecommunications solutions that can offer content-rich services across vast distances.

Piron joins Nokia from GEA Batignolles Technologies Thermiques, restoring profitable growth and developing new markets He started his career in 1994 at Total Chimie after studying both engineering and business. In 1996, he moved to Matra from Lagardère Group for several years and then to strategy consulting with A.T. Kearney and Roland Berger, where he specialized in the Aerospace and Telecom sectors. He then joined Roxel, where he restructured major defence projects, bringing the company back to profitability.

About Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks
Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks leads the industry in terms of capacity and installed base with more than 575,000 km of optical submarine cables/systems deployed worldwide. From traditional telecom to new Oil & Gas applications, ASN provides every part of a global undersea transmission network, all tailored to the customer's needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning and marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of seven cable ships.

About Nokia
Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the innovation of Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.

With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things.

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